The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel will achieve the highest highway fuel economy of any non-hybrid/electric vehicle on the market.
General Motors said Monday the EPA certified the compact sedan at up to 52 miles per gallon highway and 30 mpg city when equipped with a six-speed manual transmission.
The car with an available nine-speed automatic transmission is certified at an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy of 47 mpg highway and 31 mpg city.
The combined fuel economy for both the manual and automatic transmissions is 37 mpg, the company said.
The car is powered by a new lightweight, 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder turbodiesel engine offering 137 hp and 240 pounds-feet of torque.
Pricing for the diesel-powered Cruze starts at $24,670, including $875 for shipping. GM has begun shipping the car to U.S. dealers. A hatchback version of the car will follow later this year for the 2018 model year, GM said.
“Chevrolet is dedicated to offering customers a wide range of propulsion options,” said Steven Majoros, director of Chevrolet marketing. “We know there are customers looking for the right combination of fuel efficiency, driving dynamics, fuel type and more.”
GM product development chief Mark Reuss hinted that the diesel-powered Cruze would achieve higher than 50 mpg highway at the 2017 Detroit auto show.
The car is GM’s first non-hybrid vehicle since the Geo Metro XFi, with a 1-liter, 3-cylinder engine, in the 1990s to get an EPA-certified fuel economy rating of at least 50 mpg on the highway.